As a kind of wood molding, wood trim dresses up corners of the house, disguising uneven plaster or paint. One type of trim called the baseboard conceals gaps between the walls and the floor, keeping out mice and other creeping pests. Another type, the chair rail, prevents furniture from denting the walls. However, the decorative function of wood trim remains its number one charm. Unique wood trim will enhance the special dimensions of a home.
Wood possesses grain, which is a natural and beautiful pattern that carpenters and furniture manufacturers only need to polish. Every kind of wood has a different grain. Often, the best choice of wood for trim is the same wood that your furniture has, or at least one with a similar shade and grain. However, a homeowner who wants to try something other than the usual hardwood may opt for the exotic look of bamboo or the golden hues of teak. The right application of varnish and wood stain can also bring out a deep glow from ordinary-looking trim. If the main consideration is durability, though, then artificial wood is the modern home's best buy. This trim looks like wood. Actually constructed from polyurethane, fiberglass and other synthetic materials, this trim is durable and low-maintenance.
Designs and Accents
There are several trim and molding designs that subtly build the atmosphere of a home. Straight wood trims may be embossed with intricate details. Rope carvings flow along the borders of the ceiling and the floor, providing definition to a room's overall design. Swag patterns on wood trim lends a Greco-Roman touch. Rosette carved into wood trim give a similar romantic feel. In addition to such designs, accents simultaneously break the regularity of wood trim and pulls the look of an entire room together.
Hand-carved sculptures, proportioned and used conservatively, liven up any corner with their unexpected art. With so many possibilities, a homeowner should imagine the particular ambiance of a room before choosing wood trim designs and accents for it.
Paint helps preserve wood trim from water stains and infestations. Moreover, it allows the trim to blend into the colors of a room. Homeowners often prefer colors in monochromatic hues, such as white trim for beige walls. However, not all whites are equal, as the wrong choice of white can make the other white objects in a room look dirty and dated. Bold colors do not pose that problem as they not only draw more attention to the wood trim's details but also give the room a refreshing appearance. Consider a combination like blue trim for light-orange walls, or mahogany trim for mint-green. Another factor are the color accents that the room already possesses. The color of a room's wood trim works best by pulling out the colors of the room's fixtures. For example, a pink-hued wood trim will draw out the glow from a pink bathtub, creating a sense of harmony in the room that's all its own.
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